Do you ever think this? It's something that's ALWAYS played on my mind whenever I've gone walking or hiking. You spend hours climbing, with a clear direction, you keep pushing on, and then you get to the top of the hill or mountain. THEN WHAT? What do you do once you're there - at the top?
We were climbing this weekend in the Lake District, with 2 kids and a puppy. We got to the top of the waterfall, looked around for a few minutes then started climbing back down again.
I always wonder what I'm SUPPOSED to do when I'm looking around at the top. I look around to see what others are doing when they get there. I feel like I should hang around longer just to make it worth the climb. I mean, what's the point in that long climb for just a couple of minutes at the top?
And then I thought 'hang on a minute... is the top even the best bit?'...Why is that my assumption?
I thought about the parallel's with all those quotes you see knocking around, about how 'life is a journey not a destination'. What was the best bit about the climb? For me personally, on the way up - it's the challenge... will we all get there carrying all our baggage (kids and puppy in this case)? is it possible? can I pace myself? am I strong enough?
Then on the descent, my head starts buzzing with ideas about the next climb that would be a bit harder. WHAT'S NEXT! (on my descent from Snowdon last year I decided on the 3 peaks challenge! ha! I must have been on a high. It hasn't happened yet...).
It's great to get where you want to go, but it't not ALL THAT in itself and you'll always look to the next thing as soon as you get there.
So I'm going to practice being as PRESENT as possible on my journey through today. I can already see a few challenges on my path - a poorly 2 yr old at home, a mountain of laundry from our weekend away for starters. I'll pace myself by taking plenty of tea breaks and keep my strength up by eating a decent lunch.
Be happy on your own journey today xx